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MVS and Darius Himes present at PhotoPlus Expo tomorrow, 1:15-3:15

PUBLISH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK”  Lecture at PhotoPlus Expo, Thursday October 28th from 1:15 – 3:15

“In this informative presentation, industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson survey the current landscape of photography book publishing today and point out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. Together, they will demystify the process of making a photobook from the perspectives of both traditional trade publishing and self-publishing. Lastly, they will lend essential advice about the marketing of your book at its launch and beyond. Whether your body of work is completed and ready for publication or you dream of one day having a book of your photographs, this seminar will be of value. Himes and Swanson are co-authors of Publish Your Photography Book to be released in Winter 2011 by Princeton Architectural Press. Handouts will be provided.”

photo © Jamey Stillings

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November 7th Fotoweek DC Portfolio Reviews: Registration open!

Within the FOTOWEEK DC FESTIVAL there is a one-day portfolio review event that has a fine roster of Reviewers, offers a discounted rate for students, and will work closely with you to confirm to top picks within days of registering.  If interested, don’t hesitate as this will sell out!

Come early/stay late as the programing this year is super – many exhibitions, lectures, a one-day workshop with Brian Storm of Media Storm, displays of contemporary photobooks by publisher, as well as the amazing Indie Photobook Library, and more.  My co-author Darius Himes and I are proud to be a part of the programming, speaking at the Corcoran on the day after the reviews, Monday, November 8th at noon at the Corcoran: “To Be Published or Self-Publish?”

To start the portfolio review registration process, click here.

See you there!

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Registration open now for Contemporary Artist Book Conference, November 5th and 6th in NY

In conjunction with the NY Art Book Fair, the annual CONTEMPORARY ARTIST BOOK CONFERENCE will be held at the same location:

MoMA’s P.S.1 in Queens, NY.   I love this artists book fair (which is FREE!), and this conference (reasonably priced).  Not to be missed!

From the event webpage:

“In conjunction with the NY Art Book Fair, Printed Matter announces a conference on contemporary artists’ books. The program will include speakers, panels, artists’ presentations, and receptions. The conference focuses on recent developments in artists’ books. Sessions this year focus on zines, typography, pedagogy, and criticism. These and other themes are intended to encourage dialog amongst scholars, collectors, artists, and librarians.

The Conference will be held on the first floor of MoMA PS1.

You can purchase a ticket for the full conference (with Emily Roysdon edition) here or for single sessions here.

Six panel sessions will be held, along with an hour-long “pecha kucha,” or lightning round, in which invited guests will present for five minutes each, discussing one or more artists’ books, zines, multiples, etc.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010
Furthering the Critical Dialogue / moderator: Tony White
Typography and Writing / moderator: Jennifer Tobias
Keynote: Richard Hell, Josh Smith, and Christopher Wool in conversation
Pecha kucha

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010
Experimental Libraries and Reading Room Projects / moderator: Renaud Proch
Riot Grrrl: Traces of a Movement / moderators: Kate Adler and Ryan Haley
Pedagogy / moderator: Catherine Krudy

For a detailed description of the Conference sessions, see here

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September 25th: Annual Griffin Museum Awards Event & Gala, Winchester, Massachusetts

One of my favorite museums dedicated to photography is the Griffin!  Paula Tongarelli inspires her tireless staff to greatness!  This Saturday September 25th is their annual Focus Awards event, followed by a celebration and fundraising gala at the Museum.

For complete details, and for tickets to attend the Awards event, the Gala or BOTH, click here.

Presentation and Gala Celebration, Saturday, September 25

  • FOCUS AWARD PRESENTATION: Winchester Town Hall Auditorium, 71 Mt. Vernon St., 4:30-7:00 (map)
  • GALA: Griffin Museum, 67 Shore Road, Winchester 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (map)

This year’s recipients are:

  • Life Time Achievement - James K. Colton, photography editor, Sport Illustrated, presented by Steve Fine, Director of Photography, Sports Illustrated
  • Rising Star – David Bram, founder, Fraction Magazine presented by Mary Virginia Swanson, Marketing Consultant
  • New England Beacon – Alan Taylor, creator, The Big Picture BlogThe Boston Globe/Boston.com presented by Finbarr O’Reilly, Chief Photographer, West & Central Africa, Reuters

Read the press release for complete details.

SEE YOU THERE!!!

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September 26, 2pm in Portsmouth, New Hampshire: MVS to give public lecture “Your Website/Your Voice” for the NHPSA

I’m pleased to be speaking on SUNDAY, September 26th from 2-4 p.m. in Portsmouth, New Hampshire as a guest of the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists (NHSPA).   From the NHSPA events webpage:

September 26, 2010 – Fall lecture program featuring Mary Virginia Swanson will be held from 2pm – 4pm at the Casey Function Center, 1950 Lafayette Road (Route 1 South), Portsmouth, NH.

“In a two- hour lecture titled YOUR WEBSITE/YOUR VOICE: Effective Communication in the Online Environment, Mary Virginia Swanson will explain how to identify and communicate to your audience. You will learn how effective language and strong visual content strengthens your message. Examples of effective print pieces, websites, and e-communication will be shared to underscore the value of brand continuity and clarity as you present your artwork to the world.

All current or new NHSPA members attending the event are eligible for a one-time discounted private consultation with Mary Virginia Swanson during the week prior to the Lecture. Contact her directly at mvs@mvswanson.com”

This program is free to all current NHSPA members and registered students in the photography program at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Remember – you can JOIN at the time of attending this event.  I hope to see many of you there!


IN -PERSON CONSULTATIONS:

As noted above, I am partnering with this non-profit organization to offer its members who register for this seminar a one-time, discounted one-hour in-person consultation in Portsmouth during the week prior to my public lecture ($200).

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September 30 – October 2nd, Austin: “Shaping the History of Photography” Symposium at the Harry Ransom Center SOON!

I am proud to be among the presenters at this exciting upcoming symposium, and look forward to being with many of you at the HRC in Austin.

From the event website:

The Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium 2010
Joseph Nicéphore Niépce’s View from the Window at Le Gras, 1826-27.
Photo by J. Paul Getty Museum.

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin presents the ninth biennial Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium,

Shaping the History of Photography

September 30-October 2, 2010

The symposium springs from Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, the Ransom Center’s exhibition of this foundational collection of the medium’s history. Curators, collectors, historians, and photographers will participate in a series of panel discussions that focus on the areas in photography on which the Gernsheims had such impact—collecting, exhibiting, publishing, and historiography. Leaders in their fields will consider the forces that have historically shaped these areas, as well as the contemporary influences and developing trends that continue to affect our understanding of the history of photography.

Flair

The Flair Symposium, held biennially at the Ransom Center, honors the ideals set forth by Fleur Cowles and her landmark Flair magazine.”

CLICK HERE to view complete SCHEDULE which is organized into five major sections: PHOTOGRAPHY’S HISTORIOGRAPHY, COLLECTING PHOTOGRAPHY, PHOTOGRAPHERS REACT, PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITIONS and PHOTOGRAPHIC PUBLISHING.

PRESENTERS INCLUDE:

Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator, David Coleman, Curator of Photography, Linda Briscoe Myers, Assistant Curator of Photography, Thomas F. Staley, Director, Harry Ransom Center, Colin Ford, Founding Director, National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (now National Media Museum), Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, Alison Nordström, Curator of Photographs, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY, Bodo Von Dewitz, Senior Curator, Department of Photography, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, Marta Weiss, Curator of Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England,  W. M. Hunt, Dancing Bear, New York, NY, Howard Greenberg, Owner, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY, Mike Marvins, Independent Collector and Professional Photographer, Houston, TX, Michael P. Mattis, Private Collector, Scarsdale, NY, Barbara Crane, Professor Emerita, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL,  Rita DeWitt, Artist, Tuscaloosa, AL, Bart Parker, Artist, Tuscaloosa, AL, Anne Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX, Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS, Executive Director, The Burns Archive and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, New York University, Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, Marianne Fulton, Photography curator, writer, appraiser and adjunct faculty, School of Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin, Clint Willour, Curator, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX, Mary Virginia Swanson, Author and Creative Consultant, M. V. Swanson & Associates, Tucson, AZ and New York, NY, Greg Albers, Publisher, Hol Art Books, Tucson, AZ, Jace Graf, Proprietor, Cloverleaf Studio & Press, Austin, TX, Keith Carter, Photographer and Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, Steven D. Hoelscher, Chair, Department of American Studies and Academic Curator of Photography, Harry Ransom Center.

A catalogue, The Gernsheim Collection (Roy Flukinger) has been released by UT Press.

A block of rooms at the UT campus hotel have been held for those attending this symposium.
The event begins on Thursday evening with a tour of the exhibition; the Symposium runs all day Friday and Saturday.
To REGISTER, click here.

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Minneapolis: Alec Soth exhibition opens September 12th with film, artist’s talk, remains on view through January 2, 2011 at the Walker Art Center

How exciting for Alec to have a major exhibition at one of our finest home town museums. I can’t wait to see him and this show this weekend!

SUNDAY, September 12th is a great day to be in Minneapolis, if you can.

Click here to read an interview on the Walker Art Center blog:  “Dismantling My Career: A Conversation with Alec Soth and Bartholomew Ryan”

Click here to view Alec’s blog and read his comments anticipating and installing the exhibition.

Click here to learn about and buy the exhibition catalogue “From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America”

Summary

Read the WAC Press Release (note the Flickr Pool project, and dial-in audio tour with the artist, AND the well deserved credit to CURATOR):

“Alec Soth’s Photographs Form an Offbeat Portrait of the American Experience
Artist’s First Major Survey Exhibition Premieres at Walker Art Center September 12-January 2

Within the wanderlust embodied in Alec Soth’s photographs is an impulse to uncover narratives that comprise the American experience. From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America, organized by the Walker Art Center and premiering in Minneapolis September 12, 2010–January 2, 2011, is the first major U.S. survey to explore the past 15 years of work by one of the most compelling voices in contemporary photography. While Soth’s practice has taken him throughout the world, from Paris to London to Bogota to the Republic of Georgia, the Walker exhibition focuses specifically on his pictures made in the United States. Featuring over 100 photographs, the presentation includes early black-and-white images of Minneapolis working-class taverns, as well as examples from his well-known series Sleeping by the Mississippi, NIAGARA, Fashion Magazine, and The Last Days of W.Also debuting in the exhibition is a major new series, Broken Manual, as well as other bodies of work not exhibited until now.

Soth will discuss his work and the world of contemporary photography with George Slade, curator at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University and former artistic director at the Minnesota Center for Photography, at an Opening-Day Talk on Sunday, September 12 at 2p.m.. A complete listing of related programs follows.

Soth’s working process is firmly situated in a tradition established by such photographers as Robert Frank, Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, and Joel Sternfeld, whose work has at its heart the American road and whose images persistently capture average individuals and everyday settings. Soth’s is a distinct perspective, however, one in which the act of wandering, the method of embracing serendipity when seeking out his subjects, and the process of telling are as resonant as the photographic record of his remarkable encounters. When considered together, these pictures probe the idiosyncrasies of people, objects, and places he discovers on his journeys, and form an offbeat and absorbing portrait of the American experience.

Soth’s method of engaging his subjects, he has said, is like “web surfing in the real world,” following leads with the fervor of a detective, and allowing each encounter with a place or individual to segue to the next through a kind of free-associative research. As the journeys unfold, he delves deeper into stories real and imagined. Though rich in detail and often exquisitely composed, his works evidence careful restraint; it is often what is not revealed which most piques our imagination. Working primarily with a cumbersome 8×10 field camera, which elicits remarkable detail and color, he must spend considerable time setting up his shots, often leaving his portrait subjects relaxed and lost in their own thoughts rather than performing for his lens. As a result, the artist’s distanced and sympathetic stance captures these individuals as they are—ordinary people living their lives in the places where he has met them.

Soth first received wide public attention and critical acclaim in 2004 with Sleeping by the Mississippi,an ambitious five-year project—also published as a book—in which he traveled up and down the Mississippi River capturing places and people he came across, often with an eye tuned toward small-town curiosities, offbeat characters, and the chance of finding beauty in banal or overlooked settings.NIAGARA, Soth’s next major American project, focuses on the eponymous waterfall which has long stood in the national vernacular as a symbol of grandeur and romance. What Soth finds at the falls and in the aging environs of tourist motels are complex stories that form a contemporary mythology of love, its promises and failures. Other bodies of work featured in the exhibition include a rarely seen group of Soth’s early black-and-white photographs made in Minnesota; a project presenting a typology of abandoned and repurposed American movie theaters in Texas; a new series focused on women in Louisiana who embrace the Goth lifestyle; and a selection of portraits, interiors, still lifes, and landscapes from more recent series, including Fashion Magazine and The Last Days of W., made in locations across the United States.

Featured prominently in the exhibition is Soth’s most recent body of work, entitled Broken Manual, that investigates places to which people retreat to escape civilization—capturing individuals who have chosen to live “off the grid,” from monks and survivalists to hermits and runaways. The series includes literary contributions from author Lester B. Morrison, who grew from the artist’s publishing imprint Little Brown Mushroom Books, and now is a key contributor to Soth’s popular new blog (littlebrownmushroom.wordpress.com). Mining a very different side of the American experience than Soth’s previous work, these pictures and words probe into deeply psychological terrain, and collected as an installation, create compelling, often dark vignettes that hint at what lies at America’s fringes.

The exhibition additionally features a “library” area, which allows visitors further insight into Soth’s process, and includes a reading area for his publications, as well as a display of maquettes for book and ‘zine projects, and short video works. This area also presents ephemera the artist has gathered on the road, including love letters collected during the making of NIAGARA, notes, found objects, and other mementos.

Exhibition Catalogue
From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America is the first exhibition catalogue to consider the full spectrum of Soth’s work. Featuring more than 100 of the artist’s photographs made over the past 15 years, the book includes new critical essays by exhibition curator Siri Engberg, curator and art historian Britt Salvesen, and critic Barry Schwabsky, which offer context on the artist’s working process, the photo-historical tradition behind his practice, and reflections on his latest series of works. Novelist Geoff Dyer’s “Riverrun”—a meditation on Soth’s series Sleeping by the Mississippi—and August Kleinzahler’s poem “Sleeping It Off in Rapid City” contribute to the thoughtful exploration of this body of work. Also included in the publication is a 48-page artist’s book by Soth entitled The Loneliest Man in Missouri, a photographic essay with short, diaristic texts capturing the banality and ennui of middle America’s suburban fringes, with their corporate office parks, strip clubs, and chain restaurants. The full-color publication includes a complete exhibition history, bibliography, and interview with the artist by Walker assistant curator Bartholomew Ryan.

Distributed by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 155 Sixth Avenue, Second Floor, New York, NY 10013, 800.338.2665 (phone), 800.478.3128 (fax), artbook.com, and available at the Walker Art Center Shop, 612.375.7633 (phone), 612.375.7565 (fax). ISBN 978-0-935640-96-0 $60 ($54 Walker members).

Art on Call: Free Audio Guide
Listen as Alec Soth talks about his series of photographs and sections of the exhibition. Call 612.374.8200 or point your mobile browser to walkerart.org. Look for the Art on Call stop numbers on the labels in the gallery.

Jump into Alec Soth’s Flickr Pool
In conjunction with the exhibition, the public is invited to take part in the artist’s group photography project on Flickr. For details, visit the artist’s blog (littlebrownmushroom.wordpress.com) starting September 1.

About the Artist
Born in 1969 and raised in Minnesota, where he continues to live and work, Alec Soth attended Sarah Lawrence College. He has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation (1999, 2004) and Jerome Foundation (2001), was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography, and was short-listed for the highly prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. His work is in many private and public collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Walker Art Center; it has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. He is a member of Magnum Photos and is represented in Minneapolis by Weinstein Gallery, and in New York by Gagosian Gallery.

Exhibition Curator
From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America is curated by Siri Engberg, Visual Arts Curator at the Walker Art Center. Since joining the staff in 1990, she has organized numerous exhibitions, including solo shows of Claes Oldenburg, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Joan Mitchell, and Donald Judd, and co-curated thematic exhibitions, including Art Performs Life: Merce Cunningham/Meredith Monk/Bill T. Jones (1998) and The Home Show (2000). She is curator of Paper Trail (2007) and 1964 (2010) as well as the touring exhibitions Frank Stella at Tyler Graphics (1997), Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999 (1999), Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967-2005 (2005, with Madeleine Grynsztejn), and Kiki Smith: A Gathering 1980-2005 (2005). A specialist in works on paper, Engberg has authored a variety of publications on contemporary art, including two Walker-published catalogues raisonnés—on the editions of Edward Ruscha and the prints of Robert Motherwell.
From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America is organized by the Walker Art Center.

RELATED EVENTS

Opening Weekend, Walker Art Center:

Film: Somewhere to Disappear
Directed by Laure Flammarion and Arnaud Uyttenhove
Sunday, September 12, 12 noon, Free
Cinema

This documentary follows artist Alec Soth as he journeys throughout America in search of subjects—hermits, survivalists, and others seeking a retreat from civilization—during the making of his latest series of photographs. 2010, 35mm, 57 minutes.”

CONVERSATION: Alec Soth with George Slade

Sunday, September 12th 2:00 pm in the Cinema, Walker Art Center   $10.00  ($8.00 for WAC Members)

PAUL SHAMBROOM on ALEC SOTH’S AMERICA

October 7th, 6:30 p.m.  FREE

Target Gallery, Walker Art Center

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